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  1. Comment on You really need to quit Twitter in ~tech

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    Depends on what you do on the platform. All l do is post birds, talk about developing my bird bots & art, and socialize with friends. Most news related words are muted; l don't follow any news...

    Depends on what you do on the platform. All l do is post birds, talk about developing my bird bots & art, and socialize with friends. Most news related words are muted; l don't follow any news accounts either.
    For me Twitter is just a place full of cool art, birds and people to talk with. l met most of my current online friends on twitter!

    Effectively, if you curate your spaces (which is easy on twitter due to its muted word system) you can tailor the website to your needs.

    9 votes
  2. Comment on I touched the world's most painful plant - Gympie gympie (the suicide plant) in ~enviro

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    ah yes, the backyard "usually has a really bad sense of PPE usage" scientist; whacking that one bad plant with a knife & using an angle grinder to cut it up into fine dust and spread it across the...

    ah yes, the backyard "usually has a really bad sense of PPE usage" scientist; whacking that one bad plant with a knife & using an angle grinder to cut it up into fine dust and spread it across the garden, now that is a great idea.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on How do you actually meditate? in ~talk

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    I practise very simple meditations that are somewhere inbetween a nap and meditating. I lie down on/in bed, on my side, close my eyes and try not to move at all. Ignore all itches and...

    I practise very simple meditations that are somewhere inbetween a nap and meditating.

    I lie down on/in bed, on my side, close my eyes and try not to move at all. Ignore all itches and distractions. After a while some kind of semi sleep paralysis sets in and it takes more effort to move + you stop feeling itches which is nice.

    It's pretty much just like sleeping, except l'm awake. Since l'm also more easily able to visualize my thoughts l often use this to tackle creative/visual problems, since you can just think of a banana and see it in your mind with ease.

    And re:swallowing; l've noticed that reflexes take over, don't even have to do it consciously. Breathing goes manually though.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Why 10,000 volts at altitude is a bad idea in ~science

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    That stuff would offgas a lot in the high vacuum of the scope and would probably ruin the performance.

    I suppose filling the spaces in the unit with an insulating spray foam probably wouldn't be good for its performance.

    That stuff would offgas a lot in the high vacuum of the scope and would probably ruin the performance.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Discord celebrates six years, changes logo and font in ~tech

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    The new color is so jarring when used in the interface of the app. Color contrast is way too high and therefore it's more of a distracting highlight instead of a subtle highlight as it should be....

    The new color is so jarring when used in the interface of the app. Color contrast is way too high and therefore it's more of a distracting highlight instead of a subtle highlight as it should be.

    Also, that intense purple color is used as a background for comparatively thin white text, which means the letters get blurry and l can't read it without eyestrain.

    And the font makes me feel like l'm dyslexic where the letters start to move around as l read it. Hope they won't be using that anywhere in the app itself.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on FOSS and UX (twitter thread) in ~comp

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    Sorry if this is an annoying format, but it's an interesting read on the UX experience with FOSS that l'm heavily agreeing with. Thought it was an interesting topic to share and discuss, be it on...

    Sorry if this is an annoying format, but it's an interesting read on the UX experience with FOSS that l'm heavily agreeing with. Thought it was an interesting topic to share and discuss, be it on twitter or here.

    Thing is; the priorities of many FOSS developers and end users may not overlap. As a linux noob l've experienced this numerous times; have fun trying to install this one package without being able to find any information on how to as everyone assumes you know that already. Same goes for the interface and UX of a lot of open sourced software; it feels like the creator thought it was unneccesary to have a good interface as apparently, in tech, you should be used to looking at a confusing mess of interfaces that look like they were made in 2001.

    l've also experienced this phenomenon while collaborating on a design/tech project, where some programmers made an atrocious UI which l wanted to improve. To which they replied that it was unneccessary and the user can figure that out by themselves. Yes, technically they can figure it out by themselves, but why not make it so the user can instantly understand a program, opposed to having to spend a few hours reading the docs?

    Have you experienced this? What are your thoughts? Does every software need a decently designed interface?

    9 votes
  7. FOSS and UX (twitter thread)

    @Kavaeric: Let's walk through this, shall we?Say we've decided to make a new FOSS word processor. Call it, I dunno, Libra-Office or O-Pan-Office. Just a thought. Word processors, as you might guess, are also a fairly entrenched market.Who's our target audience?

    26 votes
  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Hardcore Anal Hydrogen's album Hypercut. Yes you read that right. Its genre is probably best defined as breakcore genrefuck duckmetal, which, after the first few "WTF???!"s actually is a pretty...

    Hardcore Anal Hydrogen's album Hypercut. Yes you read that right. Its genre is probably best defined as breakcore genrefuck duckmetal, which, after the first few "WTF???!"s actually is a pretty neat album. If you like stuff like Igorrr and overdosing on LSD, give this album a shot.

    HAH - Paul

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    Myst! They're old games but some still hold up well (others absolutely don't) and they're pretty good at both puzzles and storytelling. Make sure you have pen & paper nearby as you'll need them. I...

    Myst! They're old games but some still hold up well (others absolutely don't) and they're pretty good at both puzzles and storytelling. Make sure you have pen & paper nearby as you'll need them.

    I can highly recommend Myst: Uru, which is one of the games that isn't point and click but a first-person walking simulator instead, where you can visit many different worlds to explore and solve puzzles in. Really good soundtrack as well.

    If you don't mind a little older games, try Myst II: Riven and III: Exile as well; they're basically interactive low-resolution slideshows but imo the storytelling and gameplay hold up pretty well.

    If l recall correctly some of these games like Myst: Riven are also available as official mobile ports, which work pretty well and are decent games to play while not near a PC.

    Also, Cyan's most recent puzzle explorer game is Obduction, which is much more modern than their prevoous games and involves similar themes in a different setting (and it still has live-action actors as well!).

    Here's my personal ranking of the games, ordered by fun factor / playability / production quality:

    1. Uru (VI-ish)
    2. Riven (II)
    3. Exile (III)
    4. Myst I (or RealMyst or similar remakes)
    5. End of Ages (V)
    6. Whatever Myst IV was called (honestly the worst game from the series).

    Second, give Superliminal a shot. It's not as much investigative as it is explorative, but it's still a very fun game similar in tone to games like The Stanley Parable mentioned earlier in this thread. It's originally a glorified tech demo, but the developer crafted a very decent story around that demo, integrating gameplay with storytelling.
    It's also got a huge wow factor; ready your "what the actual fuck just happened" voice lines!


    Finally there's Quern: Undying Thoughts (not sure about that subtitle) which is again more similar to Myst / The Witness; you're on an island and have to find out What Happened™️ through solving puzzles. I'll say it's not as good as Myst in terms of level design; it feels as if it really is trying hard to be Myst but it's never quite getting there. The story also isn't as strong, but l think the visuals and general mood of the game can compensate for that.

  10. Comment on Let's talk about attention in ~talk

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    Seconding this. Also, when trying to focus, there's the sound of someone knocking on a door 3 or 4 floors above/below you, once, which completely throws you off & you need a few moments to regain...

    Seconding this. Also, when trying to focus, there's the sound of someone knocking on a door 3 or 4 floors above/below you, once, which completely throws you off & you need a few moments to regain focus. The tiniest noises piss me the fuck off due to this.

    l've got a boatload of mental/physical issues and the adhd is by far the worst.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Recommend some upbeat / high-energy music that, if I listen to it in my car, will make me want to roll the windows down and drive at unsafe speeds in ~music

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    As for metal, this song feels like flooring it and turning on the afterburner. It feels like accellerating to ridiculous speeds and then calmly cruising onwards. Emperor - Ye Entrancemperium Also,...

    As for metal, this song feels like flooring it and turning on the afterburner. It feels like accellerating to ridiculous speeds and then calmly cruising onwards.
    Emperor - Ye Entrancemperium

    Also, putting on any Strapping Young Lad album will probably help as well. Some samples:
    Relentless

    Beneath The Waves
    (City is a fantastic album for this purpose!)

    Try some Igorrr as well since it's hyperactive, sometimes plain stupid and fun as hell! It's equal parts French folk, baroque classical, metal, breakcore and incoherent screaming, and it's great for racing across the country like a mad psychopath who just escaped a high security asylum while being followed by just about every policeman available.

    Igorrr - Musette Maximum

    On a more mellow metal note, there's the proggy Intronaut with Digital Gerrymandering with a fantastic instrumental outro. Used to be my favorite summertime windows-open touring music

    Finally, capping off with some catchy hyperactive trolls on crack; Finntroll with Maktens Spira. It's whimsical, super not serious and still pretty fun music to listen to. (I do recommend getting used to the folky bits fast as there's a lot of it)

    3 votes
  12. Comment on How do I hire a CG artist to sculpt a 3D model from an old portrait? in ~arts

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    I hope you have a deep wallet. Sounds expensive to me & if it isn't the artist probably is underpaying themselves :/

    I would want the model to be rigged as well as photo-realistic.

    I hope you have a deep wallet. Sounds expensive to me & if it isn't the artist probably is underpaying themselves :/

    6 votes
  13. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've been gaming little lately, but spent some time in Factorio, with friends. It proves that difficult/complex tasks don't necessarily go faster as now there's four people who have no idea what...

    I've been gaming little lately, but spent some time in Factorio, with friends. It proves that difficult/complex tasks don't necessarily go faster as now there's four people who have no idea what they're doing instead of one, along with mismatching systems. Still, it's refreshing to learn how other people tackle certain problems.

    I've spent most of my time making 3D models and renders to mod the game, and with the help of some tools the devs themselves use l was able to replicate the inhouse art style pretty closely. l'm a game artist, and it's not just "object has to look like it fits the game" but also potentially "hey l can work in your style, hire me" type stuff :)

    Currently l'm working on a redesign of the burner mining drill, while reading the original design considerations & trying to avoid the same pitfalls. They need to look complicated and technical, but also need to leave the floor clear as much as possible so the player can still see the ores, and need space for the output chute to fit in & be visible. Those constraints make design pretty difficult and l'm starting to realize why the original model looks the way it does :')

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Tool for adding trigger warnings to links in ~tech

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    Probably helpful for things like twitter that auto-generate a preview image and headline.

    Probably helpful for things like twitter that auto-generate a preview image and headline.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Möbius Front '83 - A tactical turn-based strategy game from Zachtronics, releasing November 5 for PC, Mac, and Linux in ~games

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    l'd also recommend their free game design booklet which is available here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1098840/ZACHLIKE/ iirc it also includes some playable game prototypes.

    l'd also recommend their free game design booklet which is available here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1098840/ZACHLIKE/

    iirc it also includes some playable game prototypes.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Do you use the ignore feature? What type of posts do you ignore? in ~tildes

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    "text editors", "vim", "vi", "emacs". I subscribe to all tildes and generally enjoy the content, but l'm so incredibly tired of the frequent bickering in ~comp or ~tech about which text editor is...

    "text editors", "vim", "vi", "emacs".

    I subscribe to all tildes and generally enjoy the content, but l'm so incredibly tired of the frequent bickering in ~comp or ~tech about which text editor is the best. So l ignored that.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Computer built using swarms of soldier crabs in ~tech

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    This reads like an article on how someone built a computer in Dwarf Fortress using dwarves as logic units.

    This reads like an article on how someone built a computer in Dwarf Fortress using dwarves as logic units.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on For those of you who have had COVID-19, what was your experience like? in ~talk

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    As someone who's currently sick with a yet unknown disease (haven't covid tested yet) and chronic fatigue, l really hope it's not covid. The added fatigue would probably fuck up my life for a while :/

    As someone who's currently sick with a yet unknown disease (haven't covid tested yet) and chronic fatigue, l really hope it's not covid. The added fatigue would probably fuck up my life for a while :/

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Minecraft's Steve, Alex, Enderman and Zombie join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in ~games

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    A decade ago, Minecraft absolutely wasn't as popular as it is today. 5 years, maybe, but Microsoft expanded the market reach quite a bit.

    A decade ago, Minecraft absolutely wasn't as popular as it is today. 5 years, maybe, but Microsoft expanded the market reach quite a bit.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Automatically change incorrect ()[] Markdown syntax to the correct []() form for links in ~tildes

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    well that's new to me!

    well that's new to me!

    1 vote